Marissa Carruthers

Marissa is a British journalist of 15 years, who relocated to Cambodia almost six years ago. She writes about lifestyle, travel and culture across Southeast Asia and has been contributing to the Post for the last five years.
Marissa Carruthers
Marissa is a British journalist of 15 years, who relocated to Cambodia almost six years ago. She writes about lifestyle, travel and culture across Southeast Asia and has been contributing to the Post for the last five years.

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Cambodian arts festival celebrates music, dance and performance as scene thrives once again

In November, traditional and contemporary performing artists will join forces to showcase the finest in Cambodian music, dance and performance, marking 40 years since the Khmer Rouge all but wiped out the country’s cultural scene.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:11AM

In November, traditional and contemporary performing artists will join forces to showcase the finest in Cambodian music, dance and performance, marking 40 years since the Khmer Rouge all but wiped out the country’s cultural scene.

Cambodian arts festival celebrates music, dance and performance as scene thrives once again
Four travel apps for the tech-savvy tourist in Asia, from AR tours to car-booking systems

With more tech-savvy Gen Zers embarking on globe-trotting trips, a wave of digital start-ups are making travel easier. With Asia home to a mounting collection of innovative travel tech start-ups, here are four regional businesses who are using technology to aid travel. 

7 Aug 2019 - 5:54AM

With more tech-savvy Gen Zers embarking on globe-trotting trips, a wave of digital start-ups are making travel easier. With Asia home to a mounting collection of innovative travel tech start-ups, here are four regional businesses who are using technology to aid travel. 

Four travel apps for the tech-savvy tourist in Asia, from AR tours to car-booking systems
Life under the Khmer Rouge: Cambodian family who buried their past to ensure their future

The Rama family buried their family photographs to hide their past when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in the 1970s. Photographer Charles Fox has created a book filled with these retrieved photos.

31 Jul 2019 - 5:34AM

The Rama family buried their family photographs to hide their past when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in the 1970s. Photographer Charles Fox has created a book filled with these retrieved photos.

Life under the Khmer Rouge: Cambodian family who buried their past to ensure their future
Sustainable travel: in Myanmar, eco-tourism pioneer helps Inle Lake recover, and benefit, from rise in visitors

Inle Lake was so clean you could wash in it when Yin Myo Su was growing up. A decade ago, alarmed by its low water quality, she launched efforts to clean it up, teach people about the lake’s value and give its young people hope.

30 Jul 2019 - 7:58PM

Inle Lake was so clean you could wash in it when Yin Myo Su was growing up. A decade ago, alarmed by its low water quality, she launched efforts to clean it up, teach people about the lake’s value and give its young people hope.

Sustainable travel: in Myanmar, eco-tourism pioneer helps Inle Lake recover, and benefit, from rise in visitors
Sustainable travel: tourism operators reducing or ending plastic use, and taking other steps to safeguard the environment

Companies that make a living from attracting tourists to Asian beauty spots are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment; many are striving to end their reliance on single-use plastic.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

Companies that make a living from attracting tourists to Asian beauty spots are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment; many are striving to end their reliance on single-use plastic.

Sustainable travel: tourism operators reducing or ending plastic use, and taking other steps to safeguard the environment
Off the beaten track in Quy Nhon, Central Vietnam’s next big thing, for a laid-back beach holiday

With clean beaches, quaint fishing villages and emerald green paddy fields, Quy Nhon offers a quiet respite for travellers – although development is coming. Enjoy amazing seafood, historic sites and sundowners above lapping waves.

7 May 2019 - 10:43PM

With clean beaches, quaint fishing villages and emerald green paddy fields, Quy Nhon offers a quiet respite for travellers – although development is coming. Enjoy amazing seafood, historic sites and sundowners above lapping waves.

Off the beaten track in Quy Nhon, Central Vietnam’s next big thing, for a laid-back beach holiday
Best things to do in Doha on a short trip, from bazaar shopping to dune bashing

From the Souk Watif bazaar to Islamic art central to zooming up and down dunes in an SUV, there is plenty to do in Doha on a stopover or short trip.

30 Apr 2019 - 6:55PM

From the Souk Watif bazaar to Islamic art central to zooming up and down dunes in an SUV, there is plenty to do in Doha on a stopover or short trip.

Best things to do in Doha on a short trip, from bazaar shopping to dune bashing
Is this really Cambodia? Pine-clad national park is a dream for hikers and mountain bikers

With its high elevation, lower temperatures and sun-kissed pine forests, the pristine Kirirom National Park is quite the contrast to the rest of the country.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:27PM

With its high elevation, lower temperatures and sun-kissed pine forests, the pristine Kirirom National Park is quite the contrast to the rest of the country.

Is this really Cambodia? Pine-clad national park is a dream for hikers and mountain bikers
New Year in Southeast Asia: how to join the party in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos

Water fights, processions, traditional dishes, games and dancing – how you can join in the solar New Year partying in Southeast Asia. From April 14 to 16, people across the region head home to visit their families and take part in festivities.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:34PM

Water fights, processions, traditional dishes, games and dancing – how you can join in the solar New Year partying in Southeast Asia. From April 14 to 16, people across the region head home to visit their families and take part in festivities.

New Year in Southeast Asia: how to join the party in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos
Inspired by Blondie, Cambodia’s punk rock queen uses music to empower women and challenge old-fashioned views

Rather than sing about love as others in her country do, Sochetra Vartey writes lyrics about issues such as domestic violence and poverty. She may have softened her sound lately, but Cambodia’s leading lady of punk still packs a punch.

20 Mar 2019 - 6:39AM

Rather than sing about love as others in her country do, Sochetra Vartey writes lyrics about issues such as domestic violence and poverty. She may have softened her sound lately, but Cambodia’s leading lady of punk still packs a punch.

Inspired by Blondie, Cambodia’s punk rock queen uses music to empower women and challenge old-fashioned views
Sanctuary plan for Myanmar elephants in captivity to save them from conflict or performing for tourists

Thousands of Myanmar elephants which found themselves out of a job after a government clampdown on the logging industry are being thrown a lifeline.

19 Mar 2019 - 6:31PM

Thousands of Myanmar elephants which found themselves out of a job after a government clampdown on the logging industry are being thrown a lifeline.

Sanctuary plan for Myanmar elephants in captivity to save them from conflict or performing for tourists
Deported from US to Cambodia for crimes, returnees find a purpose running offbeat tours for visitors

They grew up in America. Expelled to Cambodia for committing even minor crimes, many struggle, but a tour agency is changing that. Zin Adventures shows visitors hidden aspects of Cambodia and shows deportees they are not alone.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:21AM

They grew up in America. Expelled to Cambodia for committing even minor crimes, many struggle, but a tour agency is changing that. Zin Adventures shows visitors hidden aspects of Cambodia and shows deportees they are not alone.

Deported from US to Cambodia for crimes, returnees find a purpose running offbeat tours for visitors
All you need to know about Tet, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, what to eat, where to go and what to do

Similar to China, Vietnam’s new year is all about visiting the family, eating special dishes, and making plenty of noise. From flowers to temples, from fireworks to food to travel, here’s our guide to Tet.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:06PM

Similar to China, Vietnam’s new year is all about visiting the family, eating special dishes, and making plenty of noise. From flowers to temples, from fireworks to food to travel, here’s our guide to Tet.

All you need to know about Tet, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, what to eat, where to go and what to do
Langkawi at a crossroads: can ecosystem that draws tourists survive rising visitor numbers?

Tourism is a double-edged sword for the ecologically rich Unesco geopark in Malaysia; authorities and the archipelago’s tourism industry are working together to reduce the impact of rising visitor numbers.

27 Jan 2019 - 6:08PM

Tourism is a double-edged sword for the ecologically rich Unesco geopark in Malaysia; authorities and the archipelago’s tourism industry are working together to reduce the impact of rising visitor numbers.

Langkawi at a crossroads: can ecosystem that draws tourists survive rising visitor numbers?
Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up

Separated as babies from their mothers, kept tightly chained, prodded with bull hooks to perform - Asia’s elephants suffer; groups promoting the right way to interact with the animals urge tourists to report cruelty.

19 Dec 2018 - 6:24AM

Separated as babies from their mothers, kept tightly chained, prodded with bull hooks to perform - Asia’s elephants suffer; groups promoting the right way to interact with the animals urge tourists to report cruelty.

Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up
Beyond Phnom Penh’s Russian Market, the hippest neighbourhood in Cambodian capital bursts with cafes, bars and boutiques

The Toul Tom Poung neighbourhood has risen to become one of the Cambodian capital’s coolest areas. Home to Russian Market, the area is now famed for its boutique bars and unique eateries.

4 Dec 2018 - 7:30PM

The Toul Tom Poung neighbourhood has risen to become one of the Cambodian capital’s coolest areas. Home to Russian Market, the area is now famed for its boutique bars and unique eateries.

Beyond Phnom Penh’s Russian Market, the hippest neighbourhood in Cambodian capital bursts with cafes, bars and boutiques
Safe travel destinations for LGBT people? There’s an app for that now

The GeoSure app ranks 30,000 neighbourhoods on a scale from 1 to 100 using crime, economic and other data; the lower the score, the safer the are. Here, we highlight some of the safest places to enjoy a holiday if you’re LGBT.

20 Nov 2018 - 6:41PM

The GeoSure app ranks 30,000 neighbourhoods on a scale from 1 to 100 using crime, economic and other data; the lower the score, the safer the are. Here, we highlight some of the safest places to enjoy a holiday if you’re LGBT.

Safe travel destinations for LGBT people? There’s an app for that now
The best things to do and see in Da Nang, Vietnam, on a short trip

Check out our two-day itinerary of the best things to do in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s fastest-developing cities.

20 May 2019 - 8:29PM

Check out our two-day itinerary of the best things to do in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s fastest-developing cities.

The best things to do and see in Da Nang, Vietnam, on a short trip
Cambodian women who flouted archaic rules are now role models promoting gender equality

Generations of rural Cambodian girls were taught traditional rules for how to be a ‘proper woman’, dutiful wife and home maker. Some rebelled, determined to carve their own paths, and have earned the respect of their parents’ generation.

6 Nov 2018 - 9:06PM

Generations of rural Cambodian girls were taught traditional rules for how to be a ‘proper woman’, dutiful wife and home maker. Some rebelled, determined to carve their own paths, and have earned the respect of their parents’ generation.

Cambodian women who flouted archaic rules are now role models promoting gender equality
Beyond Angkor Wat: get out into the country, see real Cambodia and spread the tourist dollars

The temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s top tourist draw, but they overshadow what the countryside around them has to offer visitors. A new initiative aims to encourage tourists to stay longer and explore the ‘real’ Siem Reap.

31 Oct 2018 - 8:48AM

The temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s top tourist draw, but they overshadow what the countryside around them has to offer visitors. A new initiative aims to encourage tourists to stay longer and explore the ‘real’ Siem Reap.

Beyond Angkor Wat: get out into the country, see real Cambodia and spread the tourist dollars
No, not Songkran – that other water festival, in Cambodia, and its thrills

Also known as Bon Om Touk, the event draws more than one million Cambodians from the provinces to the capital for three days of boat races and other festivities.

23 Oct 2018 - 7:53PM

Also known as Bon Om Touk, the event draws more than one million Cambodians from the provinces to the capital for three days of boat races and other festivities.

No, not Songkran – that other water festival, in Cambodia, and its thrills
Phuket hotels unite to save ‘paradise island’ from plastic and overtourism

Hoteliers and retailers have united to curb their use of plastic, one of a number of steps they are taking to ensure pollution doesn’t ruin the once idyllic Thai island.

9 Oct 2018 - 6:37PM

Hoteliers and retailers have united to curb their use of plastic, one of a number of steps they are taking to ensure pollution doesn’t ruin the once idyllic Thai island.

Phuket hotels unite to save ‘paradise island’ from plastic and overtourism
Halloween tour planner: 10 of the most haunted places in Southeast Asia

An airport, public parks, a hotel, a former hospital, a castle – there’s no shortage of ghostly haunts in a region rife with superstition. What are you waiting for?

30 Oct 2018 - 3:23PM

An airport, public parks, a hotel, a former hospital, a castle – there’s no shortage of ghostly haunts in a region rife with superstition. What are you waiting for?

Halloween tour planner: 10 of the most haunted places in Southeast Asia
Why a dog meat seller switched to serving vegan menu, and Cambodia’s fight to curb slaughter of dogs for food

Eating dog meat is popular in Buddhist Cambodia, but animal rights activists are trying to change this by pointing out the health risks of its consumption. One couple was persuaded to drastically change their business.

24 Sep 2018 - 8:06AM

Eating dog meat is popular in Buddhist Cambodia, but animal rights activists are trying to change this by pointing out the health risks of its consumption. One couple was persuaded to drastically change their business.

Why a dog meat seller switched to serving vegan menu, and Cambodia’s fight to curb slaughter of dogs for food
Five of the best places to go off grid in Asia, get back to nature and away from office phone calls

Nowadays it’s hard to disconnect from our busy lives, even when we go on holiday. So why not throw caution – and mobile phone reception – to the wind and head to a remote, untouched corner of Asia? There are plenty to choose from.

23 Sep 2018 - 7:26PM

Nowadays it’s hard to disconnect from our busy lives, even when we go on holiday. So why not throw caution – and mobile phone reception – to the wind and head to a remote, untouched corner of Asia? There are plenty to choose from.

Five of the best places to go off grid in Asia, get back to nature and away from office phone calls
How to have the perfect group holiday: choose a leader, allow for different interests, and plan, plan, plan

Going on holiday with a big group of friends and family can be amazing fun, but can quickly turn into a disaster without effective planning. Here are some tips on making the getaway a success.

13 Sep 2018 - 9:55PM

Going on holiday with a big group of friends and family can be amazing fun, but can quickly turn into a disaster without effective planning. Here are some tips on making the getaway a success.

How to have the perfect group holiday: choose a leader, allow for different interests, and plan, plan, plan
One of Asia’s best-kept secrets is a tropical island getaway – go before the rest do

Phu Quoc in Vietnam boasts powder white beaches, evergreen forests, and stunning national parks. Backpackers got there first, and luxury hotels have followed.

9 Sep 2018 - 5:26PM

Phu Quoc in Vietnam boasts powder white beaches, evergreen forests, and stunning national parks. Backpackers got there first, and luxury hotels have followed.

One of Asia’s best-kept secrets is a tropical island getaway – go before the rest do
Tour operators’ tips to avoid the crowds at Asia’s most popular tourist destinations

Angkor Wat, Halong Bay and Inle Lake all have one thing in common: terrible overcrowding that annoys tourists and residents alike. These similar but less crowded alternatives that allow you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

28 Aug 2018 - 10:00PM

Angkor Wat, Halong Bay and Inle Lake all have one thing in common: terrible overcrowding that annoys tourists and residents alike. These similar but less crowded alternatives that allow you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Tour operators’ tips to avoid the crowds at Asia’s most popular tourist destinations
A single parent’s guide to travelling with children: tips and tours that ease the burden

Travelling alone with children in tow can be a daunting prospect. We get advice from experienced single- and solo-parent travellers who delight in showing their children the world.

19 Aug 2018 - 5:37PM

Travelling alone with children in tow can be a daunting prospect. We get advice from experienced single- and solo-parent travellers who delight in showing their children the world.

A single parent’s guide to travelling with children: tips and tours that ease the burden
The latest natural therapy: how Japanese forest bathing gets you back in touch with yourself and mother earth

A walk through trees or sitting under a tree have been shown to be relaxing and therapeutic. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku as the Japanese call it, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. So get out there and hug a tree.

7 Aug 2018 - 6:15PM

A walk through trees or sitting under a tree have been shown to be relaxing and therapeutic. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku as the Japanese call it, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. So get out there and hug a tree.

The latest natural therapy: how Japanese forest bathing gets you back in touch with yourself and mother earth